University of Minnesota - Aquatic Center

1910 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The University Aquatic Center, located east of Cooke Hall on the Minneapolis campus, opened in June of 1990. It was designed to meet or exceed Olympic standards so that it could host major swimming and diving events. Nearly two acres in size, the Aquatic Center houses the Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool, a 50-meter competition pool, eight lanes wide and eight feet deep, with a movable bulkhead. The separate diving well features a pair of one-and three-meter boards, as well as 1, 5, 7.5 and 10-meter diving platforms. In addition to the 1,350 permanent seats, there is room for 1,000 temporary bleacher seating. In 2012, the Aquatic Center added a new state-of-the-art video display system completed at a cost of $270,000. Purchased and installed through Colorado Timing Systems, the 34-foot by 11-foot digital video display is one of the largest permanent video installations in an aquatic facility in the United States. Replaced in 2012, beautiful skylights run the length of the ceiling, reducing the need for electric lighting at daytime events. 

The Aquatic Center has been the site for some of the top swimming and diving events in the country: Twenty-two Big Ten Championships, twelve NCAA Championships, many national and international competitions and countless State High School Championships.

Length:  50m

Width:  25y

Depth:  7’ 10”

Number of Lanes:  18

Width of Lanes:  9ft

Seating Capacity:  2,550

Deck Seating Capacity:  1,000

Number of Concession Stands:  1

Number of Locker Rooms:  2

Number of Entrances:  2

Scoreboard:  Yes - Full Video

Diving Well:  Yes (1,3,5,7,10m)

Restrooms:  5

Number of Parking Space:  10,000

Relay Touch Pads:  Yes

Warm-up Pool:  Yes

Award Stand Availability:  Yes - space for 8 people or three tier team award stands

Meeting Space:  4 rooms

Ticket Booths:  2

Stopwatches:  Dolphin System

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